Another Irish rowing season has come to a close following the very successful Carrick Sprint Regatta on the August bank holiday last. Crews from far and wide came on their annual pilgrimage to the north Shannon waters for a day of competitive rowing and none were disappointed.
Clubs always regard Carrick Regatta as one of the best run regattas in the country and this year was no exception with all club members and friends putting their shoulders to the wheel to ensure that all visiting rowers and supporters were looked after with the very best of Leitrim hospitality.
As always such is the welcome around Carrick that many of our old friends from far and wide make a full weekend of it.
With racing crews taking to the water from early morning huge crowds of spectators were treated to over 80 races involving over 170 different crews from 9.30am through til 6pm. The weather couldn’t have come good on a better day as old and young alike enjoyed the fine weather that set us up for some fantastic racing.
As always it was brilliant to see so many people down on the quays to enjoy the day with past members, locals and visitors all enjoying the racing at this one of the oldest sporting events in the country. Carrick’s junior and adult rowers had a very successful day recording many wins in our home regatta.
Carrick Rowing Club wishes to acknowledge all the help and support we have received in helping to run this regatta. On the water we are indebted to the expertise and assistance of the Civil Defence, Waterways Ireland and all the local river enthusiasts that help to make the river a safe environment for competitive racing.
On the quays again we thank the Civil Defence for their First Aid assistance and also the numerous volunteers that helped crews young and old with getting boats on and off the water safely, Leitrim County Council for all their assistance with Car Parks for visiting clubs boat trailers and for the amplification of the event Mr. Jim Gorman.
Back at the clubhouse all day were a very dedicated team of caterers that prepared enough food to feed a substantial army of rowers, supporters and visitors. None of this work just happens so to all the coordinators of the various jobs in preparation for the regatta a very sincere thank you.
Friday night of the Regatta weekend also saw the second year of the very exciting “Town Regatta” with many of the publicans and bar staff taking to the water for some very good races after picking up some training during the week from members of Carrick Rowing Club. Cryans Bar were the crew to catch all night having come through quarter and semi finals the beat off Dunnes Bar in a thrilling final.
Special thanks from all in Carrick RC to Mr. Rory O’Connor for helping with the organising of the teams and crews. We would also like also to thank the pubs and businesses for the family fun day organised in the park behind the club grounds on Regatta Sunday
August will see a pretty quiet month around the club as coaches, oarsmen and oarswomen, parents and supporters all take a well earned rest from a very busy season of travelling and racing around the country.
Training will start back up in September for current and new members for what looks to be an even busier year of rowing. Already the club email account is full of requests for information about joining the club for next season so watch these pages for updates on our plans.
Indeed if there are any former members interested in rejoining the club for some leisure rowing we would be delighted to hear from you.
Next year will be a very special year around Carrick on Shannon with “the Gathering” happening nationally and the Carrick 400 celebrations kicking off there could not be a better time to be involved in County Leitrim’s oldest sporting organisation, so come on down and meet us and we will have you out paddling on the mighty Shannon in no time at all.